RIYADH – – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEOM, announce the launch of ‘THE LINE’ in the city of NEOM, which is a model for what urban societies can be like in the future, and a scheme that ensure a balance to live with nature.
THE Line is a new 170 – kilometer (km) belt of hyper – connected communities, designed without cars or roads and in concert with nature. The communities will be powered with artificial intelligence technology designed to learn and improve the lives of residents and businesses.
The project is part of NEOM and the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan, an ambitious program designed to diversify the Kingdom’s economy. THE LINE will generate around 380, 00 job opportunities and contribute 180 billion riyals ($48 billion) to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030, according to a statement.
‘Throughout history, cities were built to protect their citizens. After the Industrial Revolution, cities prioritized machines, cars and factories over people. In cities that are viewed as the world’s most advanced, people spend years of their lives commuting. By 2050, commute durations will double. By 2050, one billion people will have to relocate due to rising CO2 emission and sea levels. 90 percent of people breath polluted air‘, the Crown Prince said.
‘Why should we sacrifice nature for the sake of development? Why should seven million people die every year because of pollution? Why should we lose one million people every year due to traffic accidents? And why should we accept wasting years of our lives commuting?‘ the Crown Prince added.
‘Therefore, we need to transform the concept of a conventional city into that of a futuristic one…Today, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NEOM, I present to you THE LINE. A city of a million residents with a length of 170 km that preserves 95 percent of nature within NEOM, with zero cars, zero streets and zero carbon emission’.
For the first time in more than 150 years, ‘THE LINE’ city will redefine the concept of urban development through the development of societies in which the human being is its main focus. This enhances the quality of life and ensures access to all basis service facilities including medical centers, schools, and facilities. Entertainment, plus green spaces within a 5 – minute walk, and high – speed transportation solutions will make commuting easier; The most distant journey on ‘THE LINE’ is expected to last only 20 minutes, which will provide a living balance between a business environment that fosters innovation and an exceptional quality of life for residents.
‘THE LINE’ communities will be managed entirely by relying on artificial intelligence techniques to facilitate communication with humans in a way that enables them to anticipate and interact with unprecedented capabilities, thus saving residents and companies’ time.
Communities will be virtually interconnected with each other, as about 90% of the data will be harnessed to enhance infrastructure capabilities, while 1% of the data will be harnessed in the current smart cities.
‘THE LINE’ gives life on Earth a new meaning, and reflect an unparalleled approach to developing future cities in harmony with nature, as they will rely entirely on 100% clean energy, while ensuring a positive carbon future.
The build the economy of the future; NEOM will cooperate with specialized leaders from around the world to provide effective solutions to the urban expansion challenges that hinder the progress of humanity. THE LINE will be an attractive environment for innovators, entrepreneurs and investors.
It is worth nothing that the start of development of ‘THE LINE’ will take place during the first quarter of 2021, as it forms an important part of the intensive development work underway in NEOM.
The NEOM project is one of the mega projects within the diversified investment portfolio of the Public Investment Fund.
Suadi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the launch of NEOM in 2017. The city is positioned to become a high – tech, next generation city, and global center for innovation, trade and creativity in the Kingdom.
The first three character of the projects name, NEO, are derived from the Latin word for ‘NEW’, while the last character, M, is an abbreviation of the Arabic word ‘MOSTAQBAL’, meaning ‘FUTURE’.
NEOM is one of Saudi Arabia’s mega – projects, other examples include the Red Sea Development and Qiddiya, all aimed at boosting the Kingdom’s tourism sector – a central tenant of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan that aims to transform the country’s economy for a post-hydrocarbon age.
The city’s 26,500 square km development is located in the northwestern Tabuk Province and will span from Saudi Arabia’s Egyptian and Jordanian borders, rendering NEOM the first private zone to span to three countries. More than $500 billion has been pledged to complete the project by the Kingdom.